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Years of Dreaming

“Years of dreaming…will be climaxed Friday night with the staging of the first event in the city’s new, luxurious auditorium.”
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
March 25, 1956

“People of Lubbock voted by a narrow margin to ultimately have the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium and Coliseum demolished.”
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
May 6, 2018

And, like that, on a 526-vote margin, we voted to destroy two of our most recognizable buildings – buildings that held our collective memories of basketball games, rodeos, symphonies, circuses, monster truck pulls, pancake breakfasts, concerts, graduations, and so many other events, all of which helped define our community. And ourselves.

Not one thing in any of these photos exists any more. What will happen to our memories, now that these buildings are gone? Will they get stronger? Become larger than life? Become so faint we almost doubt the circus or the symphony ever even happened?

Where did our years of dreaming go?

Arcade – photographed June 12, 2018

Let’s do this – photographed June 12, 2018

First Aid Room – photographed June 12, 2018

Entry – photographed June 12, 2018

Arcade – photographed June 21, 2018

Concrete Windows – photographed June 21, 2018

Out of Order – photographed July 11, 2018

Additional Storage – photographed July 17, 2018

Rainy Day Doors – photographed August 18, 2018

Grid with lights and curtains – photographed September 10, 2018

Mirror, mirror – photographed September 10, 2018

House lights had dimmed – photographed September 10, 2018

Racks, room 201 – photographed September 13, 2018

Cleanliness – photographed September 13, 2018

At the lowest point – photographed September 17, 2018

Pipe Shadow – photographed September 18, 2018

Crow’s Nest View – photographed September 18, 2018

Stairs – photographed September 18, 2018

Stage – photographed September 24, 2018

Two kinds of sinks – photographed September 25, 2018

Chair and music stand – photographed September 26, 2018

Velvet, worn away – photographed September 26, 2018

Above it all – photographed September 26, 2018

Front of House – photographed November 11, 2018

Never to be repeated – photographed December 8, 2018

After the last rodeo – photographed April 7, 2019

You can see it all from here – photographed April 7, 2019

Marked for death – photographed April 27, 2019

Matched my mood – photographed May 3, 2019

Dome Down – photographed May 26, 2019

Toward the manor

A pastoral English scene – someone walking through a field toward a manor house.

(At least it seemed pastoral to me…)

Chastleton House
near Moreton-in-Marsh, England
photographed 6.3.2017

Dark gives way to light

A study of Cathedral contrasts.

Winchester Cathedral
Winchester, England
photographed 6.1.2017


It’s 284 steps all the way to the top, or about 240 to get to this point. By the time you’ve made it this far, the hard part is over…

almost at the top…
Arc de Triomphe
photographed 6.10.2017

Moon, setting

Here’s another photo from our friends Darryl Birkenfeld and Joann Starr’s place, Casa La Entereza, with the summer solstice moon high in the morning sky.

If you’d like to know more about the house – which was designed by the Patient Spouse – go here.

near Nazareth, Texas
photographed 6.24.2019

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